The Learning Center

Located in the Temple Hill area of Castlewood, VA.


TLC Pledge Drive

It is time for our 7th Annual Pledge Drive.  The purpose of the drive is to increase awareness and support of this debt-free educational ministry.  The previous pledge drives have been very successful and a huge blessing to the school.  We praise God for the tremendous work He is doing in the lives of our children through The Learning Center.  May God’s richest blessings be upon each one that supports us as we strive to provide an excellent, Christ-centered education for our students.

 The pledge drive runs through the month of October.  Supporters may make a monthly pledge (please specify 10-month or 12-month pledge), annual pledge, or a one-time pledge.  All pledge forms and money must be turned in by Tuesday, November 1.   At the end of the pledge drive, students will receive a reward for each goal they achieve and the class that raises the most in donations and pledges will enjoy a pizza party.  Also, the student that raises the most money will receive a $100 Walmart gift for their efforts (the total collected must be $1000 in donations and/pledges).  

I encourage everyone to watch The Learning Center video again that is posted on the website.  These personal testimonies of our students are truly the heart of our school.  I urge everyone to catch the vision and reach out to family, friends, and potential donors with this message. Thank you in advance for your participation and support of the pledge drive.

The Learning Center Announces Appalachian Heritage Writing Contest Winners


Students from The Learning Center recently won several places in the Appalachian Heritage Writers Symposium writing contest.

Abigail Jessee – 1st place Youth Poetry

Abby Johnson – 2nd place Youth Essay

Emily Holbrook – 3rd place Youth Essay

Dalton Parks – 2nd place Youth Poetry and Youth Short Story

The symposium was held at Southwest Virginia Community College on June 10 & 11.  Winners received certificates and cash awards for their accomplishments.

Congratulations on a job well done!

The Learning Center announces CEDAR Coal Fair Winners


The Learning Center recently participated in the 2016 CEDAR (Coal Education Development and Resources) of Virginia Regional Coal Fair held at the Coronado Mine Rescue Training Facility located in Oakwood, VA.  Students from surrounding area counties entered nearly 400 coal projects in the following categories:  Art, English, Math, Music, Science, Social Studies, and Technology.    

The Learning Center had 9 student winners and 1 adult winner in the 2016 CEDAR Coal Fair:  

Alexandra Jessee – 3rd place Math (5th-8th grade)

Caleb Nunley – 3rd place Math (9th-12th grade)

Daniel Johnson – 3rd place English (9th-12th grade)

Abigail Carter – 3rd place Art (5th-8th grade)

Rylan Smith – 1st place Social Studies (K-4th grade)

Austin Gardner – 3rd place Social Studies (5th-8th grade)

Abigail Jessee – 1st place Social Studies (9th-12th grade)

Maitlyn Trent – 2nd place Social Studies (9th-12th grade)

Caylee Jessee – 2nd place Technology (K-4th grade)

Becky Johnson – 1st place Coal Fair Coordinator (5th-8th category)

The winners were recognized at the 2016 Student and Teacher Awards Banquet held on Saturday, April 30 where they received ribbons and cash awards.  Congratulations to all our winners!!

VFW Voice of Democracy Winners

Our high school students recently participated in the VFW Voice of Democracy essay contest.  Dalton (pictured 3rd from left below) won 1st place at the local post level and 1st place at the district level.  Abigail (pictured 5th from left below) won 3rd place at the local post level.  

The veterans from VFW Post #8652 presented the winners with certificates and cash awards. 

Congratulations Dalton and Abigail!!


Lonesome Pine Short Story and Poetry Contest Winners

Our middle school and high school students participated in the 29th Annual Lonesome Pine Short Story contest and the 12th Annual Lonesome Pine Poetry contest.  There were over 50 entries in the high school category and more than 80 entries in the middle school category. 

Conner (pictured on left below) won 2nd place in the middle school category with his story “Five Golden Rings”.  Dalton (pictured on right below) won 2nd place in the high school short story category with his story “Goodnight Nathan”  and 2nd place in the high school poetry category with his poem “A Father’s Son”. 

Both students received certificates and cash awards presented at the John Fox, Jr. Literary Festival held at Mountain Empire Community College.

Congratulations Conner and Dalton!! 


Welcome to the The Learning Center


The Learning Center is an inter-denominational Christian school teaching the truth as revealed in God’s Word.

It is an outreach of Rejoice Ministries located in the Temple Hill section of Castlewood, Virginia.